Frederic G. Friedman - Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Frederic G. Friedman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Frederic G. Friedman is a shareholder in the firm's Trusts and Estates Practice, which he chaired for 15 years. Rick advises individuals, closely held business owners and organizations on estate and succession planning issues and on the tax consequences of estate planning techniques. Considered a close confidant and trusted advisor by his clients, Rick works directly with closely held business owners, guiding them on the most effective ways to transfer value and control of their businesses to successive generations. An excellent listener, Rick also works with executives and professionals in creating estate plans to maximize their personal objectives and to minimize tax consequences. 

Rick frequently speaks to professional and business audiences on estate planning and philanthropy. He is a founder of Leave A Legacy Wisconsin, an organization designed to educate professionals on how to create an environment to discuss philanthropy with clients.

Representative Matters and Experience

  • Sophisticated wealth transfer techniques and frequently developed creative approaches to help his clients achieve their generational wealth transfer objectives while minimizing exposure to tax on capital gains, gift and estate taxes
  • Charitable planning, including as an innovative estate planner, alerted to the tremendous win-win possibilities of a well-designed estate with philanthropic elements
  • Assisted many local organizations in establishing deferred giving programs
  • Established several private foundations and charitable remainder trusts 


  • Named a FIVE STAR Wealth ManagerSM for 2010
  • Best Lawyers' 2014 Milwaukee Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers in America (Tax Law; Trusts & Estates Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers since 2005
  • Wisconsin Top Rated Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated


  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association 
  • Milwaukee Art Museum (Board of Directors; legal counsel)
  • Cardiovascular Center, Medical College of Wisconsin (Board of Directors; Development Committee, chair)


  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University Law School
  • M.B.A., Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University
  • B.S., Millikin University

Office Location

1000 North Water Street, Suite 1700
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Milwaukee Metro Area
Frederic G. Friedman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Tax Law
Trusts and Estates